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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Starlit Woods, February 25, 1917; Watercolor over charcoal on five joined sheets of white wove paper, 33 x 22 inches; Detroit Institute of Arts

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Starlit Woods, February 25, 1917; Watercolor over charcoal on five joined sheets of white wove paper, 33 x 22 inches; Detroit Institute of Arts

Charles Burchfield, Journals, January 10, 1931

Friday, January 10, 2020

I have spent the last few days sorting and arranging my notes from 1922 onwards—The multitude of ideas that never have seen the light of day fills me with discouragement—I realize this: that making so many pencil notes is but another form of procrastination—sometime at a more convenient season, I will carry them out, must have been the thought. It would be better perhaps if I threw out every pencil in my studio, and have only brushes to work with, for a thing done in color with a brush, however scanty, is infinitely of more value than an even more carefully worked out pencil drawing.

Charles Burchfield, January 10, 1931

 

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